Baking with cannabis is fun from beginning to the end, where it’s time to taste your concoction. As more and more states legalize cannabis, edibles have moved way beyond gummies and simple syrups. Cooking with cannabis offers various delivery systems intended to reinvent the way to get high.
Nowadays, where there’s a recipe, there’s a way to dose it with some good ol’ THC. Creating palatable edibles, however, requires a little bit of cooking prowess and patience. While weed brownies and cookies are standard fares using canna-butter, the new thing is cooking with cannabis flour. The great thing about cannabis flour is that you can use the whole plant if you wish, although most folks use leaves and buds. For a more potent effect, use buds only, but remember that the taste might be more ‘herby.’
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Edibles deliver a potent high, and it takes time to feel the effect. The THC is absorbed through the bloodstream rather than the respiratory system. Overconsumption of edibles can turn a pleasant experience into a bad one. Like canna-butter, you can customize your cannabis flour to meet the level of high you want to achieve. Best bet? Start conservatively. You don’t want the spins after eating a chicken breast dusted with cannabis flour.
Cooking with cannabis requires a little bit of patience. You can’t just throw some bud into flour and call it good. The first step is to decarboxylate the cannabis before cooking with it. This activates the THC. To properly decarboxylate, you need to set the oven to the correct temperature, heat the cannabis for the right amount of time, and ensure an even ‘cook.’ Here’s the best (and simplest) cannabis flour recipe:
Cannabis flour recipe
- A cookie sheet
- Food processor
- 7 grams of cannabis (buds, leaves, stems)
- Preheat oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit
- Spread 7 grams of cannabis (buds, leaves, even stems) evenly on the cookie sheet. Break up buds; separate leaves and stems.
- Bake (pun intended) the cannabis in the oven for 40 minutes. Stir and move the material around every 10 minutes to ensure even distribution.
- Allow the decarboxylated cannabis to cool.
- When cool, grind the material in a food processor (a blender also works) until super fine.
- Store in an airtight container in a dark, cool spot until you’re ready to use it.
- Or, you can mix it with flour until you need it. Aim for a 2:1 ratio of flour to decarboxylated ground cannabis. To ensure proper distribution (and consistent dosing), sift the regular flour and cannabis flour together right before using it in a recipe.
How to use cannabis flour
So you’ve correctly decarboxylated the cannabis, ground it up, and have either pre-mixed it with flour or have it ready to add to flour in a recipe. Now what? Start cooking! Here are some helpful tips on using cannabis flour:
- To avoid getting too lifted, substitute no more than ¼ of the total flour in a recipe with cannabis flour. You want a chill and pleasant experience, not a trip to Mars.
- Remember, if you’re blending the finely ground cannabis with flour before cooking, ensure a consistent dosage by sifting both together immediately before incorporating it into the recipe.
- Try using your cannabis flour in your favorite baked good recipes first. Think muffins, cakes, and brownies. Making a coffee cake? Try incorporating some cannabis flour into the streusel topping (for a light high) or in the main cake component (for a more palpable high).
- Already cooked all the baked treats you can eat? Try dusting chicken breasts in seasoned cannabis flour and baking them in the oven. Thicken a gravy or sauce with some cannabis flour.
- Issues with taste? Try to mask the cannabis flavor with spices in savory dishes.
The best part? Once you have the process down, you’ll have a steady supply of this miracle sprinkle magic to add to your favorite recipes. Cannabis flour will keep (if properly stored) for several months.